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April 10, 2014

A pop song telling the story of a transgender woman who reunites with her best friend has become a surprise viral hit in Thailand – with nearly 9 million people watching the video clip on YouTube

A new pop song by Thai singer Vid Hiper R Siam about a trans woman who becomes the lover of her childhood best friend is going viral online.

Nearly nine million people have watched the clip for the song on YouTube since it was posted on 9 March.

The song, Transgender Woman Never Cheats, tells the story of a trans girl who fell in love with her best friend, a boy when they were teens.

One night she kisses him, but because her object of affection believes she is a boy, he beats her up.

April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.

March 7, 2014

British woman was left traumatized after one of her windows was deliberately smashed, saying she felt like a 'prisoner in her own home'

A British trans woman is living in fear and says she is too scared to leave her own home after an attack on her property.

The unnamed woman, living in Cheshire, north west of England, was left traumatized when a piece of heavy exercise equipment was hurled through one of her windows on New Year’s Eve last year.

Alexander Stoll, 32, said he did not remember the incident but later admitted to smashing the window and pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Halton Magistrates Court yesterday (6 March).

February 28, 2014

Launched on the eve of Zero Discrimination Day, this video features transgender men and women who tell their stories to fight for equal human rights.

‘I’ve been rejected by my family and my society’.

21 transgender men and women in Asia and across the Pacific have spoken out about their lives, health and hopes in a new touching video launched by UNAIDS.

Produced by the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (ATPN) in partnership with UNAIDS, the video features transgender men and women as they talk about the difficulties they faced throughout their lives and their hopes for transgender rights in the future.

February 25, 2014

California School Success and Opportunity Act allows trans teens access to facilities of their choice and opportunity to play on sports teams

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has officially failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot.

California’s Secretary of State reported Monday that the repeal effort - led by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group - did not have the 504,760 valid signatures that were needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

February 19, 2014

Research in England shows the problems gay and trans young people face and suggests some solutions

‘When I was at school I told a couple of friends that I was bisexual and word got out and the whole school thought instantly I was a lesbian. I got horrifically bullied by the majority of the pupils in my year. The school, well they did nothing about it! Ever since I’ve struggled with my confidence and suffered anxiety and depression.’

That was the story of one lesbian young woman from the West Midlands of England taking part in the Youth Chances research project.

February 14, 2014

The case of Avery Edison, placed in a men’s prison in Canada, and Piers Morgan’s interview with Janet Mock shows how trans people are finding their voice

Canadian immigration officials caused outrage earlier this week when they placed a woman in a men’s prison. When stated that way, their action is simply incomprehensible. Yet that is what Avery Edison is – a woman. Her British passport confirmed that fact.

February 13, 2014

Social network site users can now choose up to ten different gender definitions to describe themselves including intersex and transgender

Social networking giant Facebook announced today that users are no longer limited to identifying themselves in their profiles as male or female.

The company is now offering an extensive list of gender identities that many people use to describe themselves including cisgender, transgender and intersex.

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

January 9, 2014

Ballot measure fails to qualify based on random count of signatures but full count now underway

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot based on a spot count of signatures.

The referendum fell 22,178 signatures short of the 504,760 needed to qualify in the first random count, but the result must still be confirmed with a full count of signatures.

There is still a chance the measure could make the ballot if the full count differs significantly from the random spot count.

January 8, 2014

Hong Kong’s Security Secretary has extended a court’s order that a transgender woman be able to marry her opposite-sex partner to also include transgender men - but transgender people who have not undergone surgery have been excluded from the government’s plans for reform

Hong Kong Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok has extended a Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal order that allowed a post-operative transgender woman to marry her male partner to also include post-operative transgender men in the clearest signal that the Hong Kong Government intends to amend its marriage laws.

December 7, 2013

Kathy Svenson caused outrage over comments she made about trans students using facilities that match their gender

A Colorado school board member who caused outrage when she claimed transgender students should be 'castrated' before being allowed to use facilities matching their gender has said she has 'no regrets' on her comments.

 

Kathy Svenson, a board member of Delta School District 50J, was caught making remarks about trans students during a board meeting in October.

 

November 24, 2013

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson doesn't want trans kids using facilities 'until the plumbing's changed'

A Colorado school board member has sparked controversy in the her local community after refusing to recognize the rights of transgender students, saying they shouldn't be allowed access to facilities which match their gender unless they have undergone surgery.

 

Katherine Svenson, of the Delta County School Board, publicly stated in October that she doesn't support the rights of trans people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

November 21, 2013

Trans murders are ignored and transgender people who speak out are persecuted by Russia’s FSB security service, claims lawyer

A Russian lawyer has stripped off to defend transgender people’s rights.

While naked protests against Putin’s regime are not uncommon, Masha Bast’s protest may still raise some eyebrows in the legal profession.

But as chairwoman of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, she wanted to take a stand for Transgender Day of Remembrance yesterday (20 November).

She is renaming it Transgender Day of Defense.

November 15, 2013

The Trans Murder Monitoring project has discovered the highest number of murders of trans minors in five years

At least 238 trans people have been murdered worldwide this past year.

Brazil and Mexico lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

Transgender Europe fears the numbers are only the tip of the iceberg of the real figures.

The report only includes the murders of trans people that can be documented through publicly available information, or are reported by local advocacy groups.

November 12, 2013

Anti-LGBTI coalition Privacy for all Students say they have collected more than the half million signatures they need to force a referendum on a California state law allowing transgender students access to the bathrooms of their choosing

A group of right wing anti-gay groups have announced they have collected enough signatures to put the issue of transgender students being allowed to use the bathrooms and changing rooms of their choice – claiming that violates heterosexual non-transgender students’ privacy.

The Privacy for all Students campaign say they have collected 620,000 signatures – significantly more than the 505,000 needed to put the issue on the November 2014 ballot.

November 10, 2013

Karnataka will offer two-bed wards and relax document requirements at state hospitals

Transgender patients in the south western Indian state of Karnataka will soon have their own wards in state-run hospitals.

This is yet another feat for the community who has obtained their ration cards, voter IDs, passports and driving licenses in the recent past.

Currently, hospitals often attend to male and female patients first. As a result, many trans patients, who face even more discrimination if contracted with HIV/AIDS, leave without receiving any medical care.

November 4, 2013

Brazilian transgender woman Marcelo Ohio has won the 9th Miss International Queen beauty pageant in the Thai city of Pattaya

Brazilian Marcelo Ohio was crowed the 2014 Miss International Queen in Pattaya over the weekend in a competition including 25 transgender women from 17 countries.

American Shantell D'Marco came second in the international transgender beauty pageant, with local contestant Nethnapada Kanrayanon coming third.

Ohio was one of three Brazilians to enter the contest this year, organized by the Tiffany's Show Pattaya.

October 31, 2013

Yanel Valenzuela had asked employee for workout tips for trans women

Yanel Valenzuela had been using the women's locker room at her local LA Fitness club without incident.

But that changed when the staff at the club in Montclair, California, found out she is a transgender woman.

Valenzuela asked an employee for workout tips and said she is a transgender. The employee immediately alerted the manager who told Valenzuela that she would no longer be allowed to use the women's locker roon.

The manager did not change positions even after Valenzuela showed her ID and a letter from her doctor which stated that she is a woman.

October 27, 2013

Forced to abandon education due to bullying, community survives on jobs regarded as lowly, like performing at funerals

A month-long study conducted on transsexual people’s livelihoods in Vietnam has found the community the victims of discrimination and stuck with unsatisfying jobs or no jobs at all.

The study – Sinh Ke Cua Nguoi Chuyen Gioi (Transsexual people’s livelihoods) – by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) has found the majority of respondents, 52 per cent, unhappy with their jobs, which they called badly paid.

October 21, 2013

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has heeded concerns that its bill to legalize same-sex marriages could be further strengthened to withstand a court challenge and has moved to amend it

The Australian campaign for the legalization of same-sex marriage has welcomed moves by the ACT Government to strengthen its same-sex marriage legislation after it identified flaws in the bill.

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell today announced amendments that will help ensure the Bill has a better chance of surviving a High Court challenge.

Corbell had earlier today rejected claims that the bill was not as strong as it could be in surviving a challenge by the Australian Government but has since backed down and said he will amend the bill.